Overcoming 1 Percent Survival Chance

When Scottish judo star Stephanie Inglis was involved in a severe motorcycle accident in Vietnam back on May 11, doctors said there was just a one percent chance she would survive. Today, she is returning home to the Highlands.

The accident resulted in Inglis suffering a serious head injury, infections including pneumonia and septicaemia, deep vein thrombosis, and a tracheotomy. She remembers nothing of the accident. Arriving back in Scotland six weeks ago, the Commonwealth Games silver medalist was treated at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital before moving to a specialist unit in Fife. Fortunately, Inglis says the care she has received has resulted in good recovery progress and a feeling of strength.

“My first memory was waking up in the Edinburgh hospital and thinking ‘what’s going on, what’s happened?'” she said. “Luckily my mom and dad where there and explained to me that I’d been in a motorbike accident and a little of what had happened – that was probably the scariest thing hearing all this stuff that went wrong and me not having a clue it was going on.

“And the second thing was realising I had had all my hair cut off for my brain operation, that was a bit shocking.”

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The road to recovery was not all smooth sailing, however. When Inglis’ parents got to her in Vietnam, they found her in an ambulance being refused treatment because of a clause in her insurance policy. But a crowdfunding campaign that saw donations come from places including the United Kingdom, Egypt, Holland, Australia and the United States raised more than £327,000 to help save her life.

“I can’t even get my head around all of the supporters and all the people who donated – there’s such lovely people in this world,” Inglis said. “And I feel so lucky to be part of the big judo family. They all just pulled together and I have to thank my good friend Khalid Gehlan for setting (the fund) up. It’s massive and I just can’t believe so many people came together for me.

“I’m forever grateful because if it wasn’t for them I might not have had the money to get home and who knows, I might not have been sitting here talking to you today.”

Now, Inglis looks to get 100 percent healthy, so that way she can get back to the sport she’s loved since youth.

“I’ll be continuing my rehab every day and doing my physio which I’ll carry on until I’m back to the way I was,” she said. “After this year I’ll start looking to get back into the sport and doing some training, just get my fitness back. But for now I’m going back up to Inverness. I’ll help at my dad’s judo club, help coach so at least I’m in and around it as I do miss it.”

Original story by BBC

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